Issue No. 93
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New Zealand is committed to coordinated and effective development. The NZ Aid Programme is accountable to the NZ public and therefore to ensure best international practices all our processes are transparent. It is great to see that our efforts in transparency have been recognised in an improved ranking in a recent global transparency index that sees New Zealand placed 16th (out of 72 organisations) in the 2012 Index, jumping 14 places from a rank of 30th (out of 58 organisations) in the 2011 Index. As part of commitment to best practice we have recently joined with Pacific partner countries to undertake a peer review of PNG, a valuable process that can improve development planning and coordination, as established in the Forum Compact. Finally I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mount Maunganui company PowerSmart. Their work with the New Zealand and Tokelau governments in assisting Tokelau to become 100% reliant on renewable energy for electricity was recognised with a 2012 NZ Innovator Award this month. This is great recognition of their part for an innovative project that is making a tangible difference – well done!
Amanda Ellis, Head of New Zealand Aid Programme
New Zealand’s efforts to provide greater transparency around its development activities has been recognised in an international assessment of aid transparency. Publish What You Fund’s 2012 Aid Transparency Index ranks aid organisations and this year the Index ranked the New Zealand Aid Programme 16th (out of 72) for aid transparency, an improvement of 14 places.
Transforming the World Bank from a ‘knowledge’ bank to a ‘solutions’ bank was a key message from the World Bank/IMF Annual meetings in Tokyo last month where New Zealand Aid programme representatives made up part of a Kiwi delegation there. World Bank President Dr Jim Yong Kim said the Bank would need to stay relevant in the changing global landscape, and that would require a set of actions he would personally oversee."
Kiwi company PowerSmart received the award for Innovation in Clean-tech and Sustainability at the 2012 NZ Innovators Awards for their work on the New Zealand Aid Programme-sponsored Tokelau Renewable Energy Project. By replacing diesel electricity with solar power systems and battery storage on Tokealu’s three main atolls, PowerSmart will have helped Tokelau to achieve 100% reliance on renewable energy for electricity.
Papua New Guinea is the eighth country to be a part of the Pacific Island Forum Compact peer review process, following reviews in Nauru, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Niue, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Tonga. Peer reviews encourage the exchange of ideas and promote international best practice in key sectors.
Resealing the Hapuku-Liku road (part of Niue’s ring road) is expected to have a positive impact for the local population of Niue and for tourists. New Zealand was pleased to be able to contribute to the upgrade since tourism is a key driver of sustainable economic growth for Niue, and robust tourist infrastructure such as safe and secure roads is necessary.
International research suggests access to family planning services has direct benefits for women’s and children’s health, and contributes to a wide range of social, environmental and economic benefits. The Director of Family Planning International visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to talk about the first comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of meeting unmet needs for family planning in the Pacific.
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